This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
-- Berries are of great size, purplish-crimson in color, exceedingly firm, rich and sprightly, with full raspberry flavor. Of special value for canning. It propogates from tips like the Black Caps; the canes are extremely large and vigorous growers and immensely productive; ripens in mid-season; good for home use for canning and profitable for market where there is a demand for it.
-- The Columbian is a vigorous grower, with large fruiting canes, fully as large as the Shaffer, which is the most rampant grower and prolific yielder we have yet seen and the fruit is the largest grown. In quality it is an improvement on the Shaffer, being sweeter when ripe and of higher flavor. We have planted it on several soils and in each instance it is a wonder of productiveness. Twenty five plants of this variety will furnish fruit enough for a large family through the season, besides you will have a great plenty for canning purposes; grown largely for canning and drying; ripens late in the season.
* Shaffer's Colossal
-- The canes are strong, hardy and productive of large, handsome fruit, the last of the berries even larger than the first. It is a valuable addition to the cap family and especially valuable for preserving; ripens late.